Girls' Tennis: CdM victory over Sailors sweet

Sea Kings dominate in both singles and doubles, winning Battle of the Bay for the second straight year.

September 17, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Kenzie Purcifull, right, won twice with teammate Kimmia Naaseh, left, against Newport Harbor in the Battle of the Bay match on Tuesday.
Corona del Mar High's Kenzie Purcifull, right,… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — After feasting on its competition, the Corona del Mar High girls' tennis team feasted on some big sugar cookies late Tuesday afternoon.

Each famous frosted cookie, from Dad's Donut & Bakery Shop on Balboa Island, was the shape of a hippopotamus. The cookies had M&M's for eyes.

Yet, as tasty as the treats were, the action on the court was probably sweeter and ultimately more satisfying for the Sea Kings.

They dominated Back Bay rival Newport Harbor at the Sailors' courts, 16-2, to win the Battle of the Bay for the second straight year.

"The most interesting thing about playing Newport Harbor is that no matter if one school is way favored, they're both nervous," CdM Coach Brian Ricker said. "Everyone's nervous. It's fun, and you can't recreate that atmosphere. That's why this rivalry is important to keep going, even if the score is not close ... it's fun that way."


Corona del Mar (3-0), ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, had no reason to be nervous throughout the match. This was true, even as Newport Harbor Coach Kristen Case stacked her lineup, putting both top singles player Kate Knight and top doubles team Kendall Cosenza and Anna Burke at the No. 3 positions. The strategy is designed to give a team a fast start.

But it didn't work Tuesday for the Sailors (5-4). CdM's No. 3 doubles team of junior Taylor Fogarty and sophomore Erica Chen topped Cosenza and Burke, 6-3. And CdM junior Shelby Anderson topped Knight, 6-2, in the opening round.

"That was huge," Ricker said. "When they play the funny lineup, if you can beat them at our [No.] 3 versus their [No.] 1, it sets the tone for the rest of the day."

Did it ever. CdM had a 6-0 lead after a round, and 12-0 after two rounds. The doubles teams of seniors Kenzie Purcifull and Kimmia Naaseh, sophomore Siena Sharf and freshman Jasie Dunk, as well as Fogarty and Chen, each won twice for the Sea Kings before being subbed out.

The subs also performed well. Seniors Robin Caston and Gigi Gill captured a 6-1 victory. And, in the last set on court, CdM senior Jamie Adamson and sophomore Paige Kenerson saved two set points in the tiebreaker to defeat Cosenza and Burke, 7-6 (8-6).

"I'm really pleased with how our season is going so far," Fogarty said. "I feel like all of our doubles teams have been doing very well. Even at practice, we're always getting better every day. Everyone gets along really well, and it makes it a lot easier."

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